The DC Morning – July 6, 2010

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Rouge your cheeks and fake a smile, ‘cuz Gub’mint health care starts soon Space agency changes prerogatives midflight Business people are worried that Obama is killing all the jobs John Roberts v. Barack Obama – The USPS needs YOUR help to die slower White House visitors compare overheard stimulus discussions to sound of cats mating

— Very soon the government will begin making decisions about who deserves to go on the dole, and who deserves to drown in their own pre-existing mucous. This is called rationing, and it is unavoidable, especially when you have some mouth-breathing pointy head pointy-headed bureaucrat calling the shots. As soon as January, reports the AP, the Congressional Budget Office anticipates anywhere from 200,000 to 400,000 people with pre-existing conditions will have insurance. Why the large margin of possibility? Well, because the government is only giving $5 billion to the people who are already sick, for obvious reasons (they will be dead soon). If any of these people are still alive in 2014, they will be able to get insurance then (maybe).
Share: — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has new priorities, America, and they came straight from Pres. Obama. “When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — [Obama] charged me with three things,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Al Jazeera. “One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.” But whatever you do, don’t fly into space! Haha! NASA is just a really bad joke now.
Share: — “By reaching into virtually every sector of economic life, government is injecting uncertainty into the marketplace and making it harder to raise capital and create new businesses,” Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg told a Washington audience last month. The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward suggests the telecommunications leader’s is part of a growing chorus of business types who’d like the Obama administration to get bent for a few minutes, just to see what happens. The Federal Reserve seems to be aware that the suits want Washington to sink into the ocean, what with Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh conceding that because of “a less-than-assured economic outlook and broad uncertainty about public policy, employers appear quite reluctant to add to payrolls.” These concerns probably deserve more study before anyone decides to stop doing anything.
Share: — “The president and congressional Democrats have embarked on an ambitious drive to regulate corporations, banks, health insurers and the energy industry,” reports the LA Times, “but the high court, with Roberts increasingly in control, will have the final word on those regulatory laws.” The Citizens United ruling was a “real shock to the administration and to the Democrats in Congress,” and legal experts anticipate that a Roberts-led court could literally give Democrats hives, that’s how upsetting this could all be. Doesn’t checks-and-balances talk give you goosebumps?!
Share: — “The agency lost $3.8 billion last fiscal year despite cutting 40,000 full-time positions and making other reductions, [and] it has continued to face significant losses this year,” reports the AP. This is why the postmaster general wants to charge more money for stuff, even though the law dictates that postal rates may not exceed the rate of inflation. “Post office finances are also complicated by the requirement that the agency make annual payments to pre-fund future health benefits for retirees, something not required of other government agencies,” the AP reported, which means we should just shut all of it down. We have electronic mail now.
Share: — In Pres. Obama’s White House, “political advisers are channeling the widespread public anger at deficits while the economic team argues that the government should further spur the economy to avert another recession.” According to the New York Times, things are so bad that Obama’s entire economic agenda “is in doubt.”